A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY
Posted on March 16th, 2016

DHARSHAN WEERASEKERA

The resolution converting Parliament to a ‘Constitutional Assembly’ was adopted unanimously on March 9th.  With it, in my opinion, the Joint Opposition lost legitimacy as an entity capable of representing Sinhala Buddhist interests.  It is said that all things happen for a reason, and perhaps what has happened is for the best.

The Sinhala Buddhists must realize that they are on their own.  They cannot rely on coalitions of various political parties to protect their interests:  they must build a Movement and a political party for themselves, based on a core set of principles reflective of their identity, and their particular social and political aspirations.

As the Movement gains strength, big-name politicians will of course join it, but the point is that the Movement has to be independent of those politicians in the sense that the long-term interests of the Sinhala Buddhists are not hurt if any of the said politicians leave, are imprisoned, or betray the ‘cause’.

In this article (which will be my last on this subject because it is too depressing) I shall briefly repeat what I think is wrong about what happened on the 9th, discuss the type of Constitution that is going to be imposed on us, and what I think will happen afterwards.

a) THE TRAGEDY OF THE 9TH

What is wrong with what happened on the 9th can be summarized as follows.  In the Parliamentary elections of August 2015, the Sinhala Buddhists voted overwhelmingly for the UPFA thinking that under that party their interests will be safe.

Nowhere in the UPFA manifesto was there a hint that if UPFA candidates failed to win a majority of seats in Parliament, they reserved a right to join their rivals in the UNP and form a Government.  But, that’s exactly what happened.  Thus, the franchise of a majority of persons who voted for the UPFA, who as I said were overwhelmingly Sinhala Buddhist, was blatantly abrogated.

A Parliament consisting of a significant number of MP’s who have betrayed the trust placed in them by their voters does not have the moral authority to contemplate bringing even amendments to the existing Constitutions let alone frame a new Constitution.  A Constitution is the Supreme Law of the Land, and as such the law to which the aforesaid voters who were betrayed will be ultimately subject.

It might be argued that the voters who were betrayed will get their chance when the new Constitution is submitted to a referendum.  That argument is valid only if we suppose the referendum is going to be genuine.  I think most Sinhala Buddhists now realize that the referendum, if and when it is held, will be rigged.  So, they’re finished.

Under the circumstances, the Joint Opposition had a duty to stall the vote until the Sinhala Buddhists could organize.  At the very minimum, the Joint Opposition should have placed on record the injustice done to the Sinhala Buddhists at the August 2015 elections.  But, they voted without a whimper of protest.  So, that’s that.

b) THE TYPE OF CONSTITUTION THAT WILL BE FOISTED ON THE SINHALAS

It is suggested that the new Constitution will follow the Austrian model.  I’ve even heard the Icelandic Constitution being suggested as a model.  The Prime Minister, if I’m not mistaken, has shown a fondness for the Litchavi Constitution of Buddhist lore.  Some people say it’ll be the Indian model that is finally adopted.  In my view, all this is nonsense.

It is not in dispute that the country is now being run according to the wishes and needs of the U.S., U.K. and India.  Of those three, the U.S. is in charge, because the Americans don’t like to play second fiddle to anyone, and indeed don’t have to.  So, when it comes to a new Constitution, the Government will do what the U.S. tells it to do.

I think most people will agree that, generally speaking, the U.S. (and its two partners) want to achieve two goals with the new Sri Lanka Constitution:  one, to allow maximum infiltration and exploitation of the country by foreign elements including ‘investors’; and two, set the ground-work for a division of the country by giving Tamils control over the North and East.

If we start with the premise that the specifics of the Constitution will follow what the U.S. more or less dictates, the question is, ‘What is the model the U.S. will want to impose on Sri Lanka in order to achieve the two goals mentioned earlier?’  In my view, the Americans have a range of what I like to call ‘Slave Constitutions’ from which to choose—Constitutions which the Americans have in one way or another helped draft.

By ‘Slave Constitution’ what I mean is a Constitution designed to enslave a nation and subjugate it permanently to U.S. interests, while maintaining the façade that the locals actually have some control over their destiny.  The latest and most advanced version of such a Constitution is the Iraqi Constitution, and in my view this is what will be foisted on Sri Lanka also.

I recall that the original version of the 19th Amendment, before some of its egregious clauses were removed, contained key features of the Iraqi Constitution.  (See, my article, ‘Does the 19th Amendment make the SL Constitution remarkably similar to the Iraq Constitution?’ lankaweb.com, 31-3-2015).  If I’m not mistaken, some of the same worthies who drafted the 19th Amendment are in charge of drafting the new Constitution.

I shall briefly discuss four main features of the Iraqi Constitution, and then describe the extensions of those features that I think will appear in the new Sri Lanka Constitution.

First, The Iraqi Constitution sets up a Federal System, and explicitly recognizes Kurdistan as an autonomous region entitled to have its own Constitution, subject to some of the overall powers of the Federal Constitution.  I think this particular feature will be replicated in the new Sri Lanka Constitution, in this case with the Tamils being given control over the North and East.

Second, there is a President under the Iraqi Constitution, but he’s just a figurehead.  For instance, he is supposed to be a ‘symbol of national unity’ and so on, but doesn’t have any power to enforce anything.  I predict the new Sri Lanka Constitution will create a President that is almost a word-for-word replication of the Iraqi model.

I shall now move to the most important component of the Iraqi Constitution, namely, the Council of Ministers (equivalent to a Cabinet) headed by the Prime Minister.  This is the unit with real power in the country.  It is worthwhile delving into this unit in a little more detail.

Under the Iraqi Constitution, the Prime Minster and the Cabinet of Ministers, among other things, plan and execute the general policies of the State, including overseeing all ministries, propose Bills, propose the general budget, recommend appointments to the highest offices of the State, and negotiate treaties.

The Prime Minister is the nominee of the largest bloc in the Council of Representatives (i.e. the Iraqi Parliament) which means that he commands the support of the majority in Parliament.  So, there’s really no question of the Bills proposed by the Council of Ministers being rejected when they get to the Council of Representatives.

In other words, under the Iraqi Constitution, the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch are seamlessly blended:  the Executive generates the policies of State and proposes the laws to carry out those policies, and the legislature dutifully passes those laws.  If there’s any dissent it is only for cosmetic purposes:  it doesn’t have any real impact on the final outcome.

At the very start of the Iraqi Constitution one finds a statement to the effect that the Constitution shall be guided by the principle of separation of powers.  But in reality there is no such separation:  the PM and the Council of Ministers have carte blanche to do more or less whatever they want.

The only drawback for the PM is that he can lose his job if he loses the support of the majority bloc in Council of Representatives.  That means he can be replaced at the whim of the Council of Representatives (or of any foreign power with enough leverage over members of the Council to get them to withdraw their support for the PM) without having to go for fresh elections.

(It should be noted that the above is how the Americans saw to it that former Iraqi PM Nouri Al Maliki was replaced by the present chap, when it was felt that Maliki was too close to the Iranians.)

In short, the Iraqi system is designed to allow maximum control of the country by a small group of people (Council of Ministers) who are in turn under the thumb of the Prime Minster.  The PM, in turn, is under the control of any foreign power with the means and the resources to manipulate the majority bloc in the Council of Representatives.  To make a long story short, I predict the Americans will ensure that this system is replicated in its entirety in the new Sri Lanka Constitution.

I shall finally turn to the judiciary.  The Iraqi Constitution creates a Supreme Court, which is to say the Iraqi Supreme Court is anchored in the Constitution itself.  This is one of the few good features of that Constitution.  Precisely because this feature is good (i.e. ordinary citizens might have at least a remote chance of challenging legislation that encroaches on their rights) it will not be included in the new Sri Lanka Constitution.

Instead, the present arrangement, where the judicial power of the people is reposed in Parliament, will continue, along with the provisions of Article 80(3) which will preclude challenges to legislation after such legislation is enacted.  That means members of the public will have just one week to challenge a proposed Bill after it is placed on the order Paper of Parliament, and after that it’s all over.

Along with the aforesaid elements, I also predict that a ‘Constitutional Court’ will be introduced with exclusive jurisdiction to adjudicate on Constitutional issues.  This will be hailed as a brilliant innovation by the academics and assorted ‘intellectuals’ who will be trotted out at the right time to endorse the new Constitution, but will in truth deal a death-blow to even the limited vibrancy of Constitutional jurisprudence in this country at present (the result of the limitation placed by Article 80(3) mentioned above).

The advantage to the Government of a ‘Constitutional Court’ is that once a group of political appointees are put into it (or it is packed with Tamils and Muslims under the bogus claim of increasing minority ‘representation’) the Government can ensure that the interpretations it wants are always forthcoming.

So, for instance, suppose the Government wants to start a Hybrid or a Special Court to try our soldiers for war crimes.  A member of the public or even one of the soldiers concerned challenges the proposal, and asks the Constitutional Court for a ruling on whether the proposed court is compatible with the Constitution:  Presto will come the answer:  ‘Of course it is compatible!’  It’ll be the same with questions over federalism.

To sum up, then, the aforesaid farce, masquerading as a ‘Constitution,’ is what is going to be foisted on the Sinhalas.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTERWARDS?

Given what I have described above as the disaster that is about to come down on the heads of the Sinhalas, it is natural if they were to think along the following lines: ‘All we have to do is hang in there for four more years, when the elections come around, defeat this bunch of rascals ruining the country at present, throw their sorry excuse for a ‘Constitution’ in the trash, form a Government of our own people, enact a genuine Constitution, tell the minorities ‘its our way or the highway,’ and go from there.’

In my view, the above is where the Sinhalas are wrong:  there will be no elections.  The Government will pull a ‘’82 (i.e. extend its term by way of a referendum) or in some other way postpone elections.  I believe this will happen primarily for the following reason.

It appears that the Americans have made a policy decision that Sri Lanka is strategically important for them.  This is different from the situation from even a few years ago.  For instance, in 2007, then U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Mr. Jeffery Lundstead is on record as saying:  ‘The U.S. has no significant strategic interests in Sri Lanka.’[1]

In contrast, the following is the assessment of Sri Lanka by a high-ranking U.S. Official—in this case the U.S. Navy Commander, and head of U.S. Pacific Command—in a report submitted to the House Armed Services Committee in February 2016:

‘President Sirisena, elected in January, is serious about addressing Sri Lanka’s human rights issues.  We have an opportunity to expand U.S. interests with Sri Lanka—Asia’s oldest democracy, and will proceed deliberately as progress is made.  Given Sri Lanka’s strategic location, it is in America’s interest to increase military collaboration and cooperation.’[2]

To repeat, the present reality is that the Americans have made a policy decision that Sri Lanka is important to their strategic interests.  My point is this.  Once Americans decide that a particular country is strategically important, they will do everything in their power to bring that country under their control, and to maintain that control over the long haul.[3]

To turn to Sri Lanka, the Americans are not idiots:  they won’t go to the trouble of imposing a new Constitution on the country (one that gives them everything they want) only to see it thrown into the trash-bin in four years.  So, they will order their local puppets to postpone elections, and the latter will have no choice but to comply.

What will happen once the elections are postponed?  Only one thing can happen: a general uprising of the Sinhalas.  In my view, this is exactly what the Americans want because it will give them the chance to order the local puppets to carry out a promiscuous slaughter.  (I presume that in four years the Army, which has traditionally been an institution of national defence, will have been ‘reformed’ enough to be unleashed on the local population)

In short, the Americans will use the uprising as an excuse to break the back of the Sinhalas one and for all, so that the Sinhalas will never again pose a significant threat to their (i.e. the Americans’) plans for the island.  The bad news is that the Americans are masters at this particular tactic.  Their list of successes is as impressive as it is harrowing:  the crushing of the Filipino resistance following the Spanish-American war, (conservative estimate of the native casualties:  220,000)[4];

The ‘counter insurgency’ in Indonesia which brought Suharto to power after the extermination of the Communists in that country (conservative estimate of casualties:  500,000)[5]; East Timor (American assisted invasion and occupation of East Timor by Indonesia, estimate of native casualties, 200,000)[6]; Invasion and occupation of Iraq (conservative estimate of local casualties:  500,000)[7].  And the list goes on.

To make a long story short, in my view, something like the above will happen in Sri Lanka also.  A critic might say, But will Sri Lankan ‘leaders,’ rascals though they may be, actually allow something like the above?  Most of these ‘leaders’ are from the Sinhala Heartland, or have connections to it.  Is it reasonable to suppose that they will unleash wholesale violence on their own people?’ In my view they will, for two reasons.

One, once the violence starts, it will gain a momentum of its own because the ‘leaders’ will be fearful that if the Sinhala Buddhists ever gain the upper hand, they will put their tormentors (i.e. the said ‘leaders’) before firing squads.  So the only way to avoid that fate is to win at any cost, which means to keep on killing.

The other reason is what appears to be an endemic element of the psychology of violence, particularly of mass killing:  when one starts down that path, it is easier to advance, rather than to cease and return.  We are reminded of Macbeth’s words:

I am in blood

Stept in so far that,

Should I wade no more,

Returning were as tedious as go o’er

Such then is my grim forecast.  I sincerely hope none of this will come to pass, but if it does, the Joint Opposition should know that its servile act on the 9th March is what helped set it all up.

Dharshan Weerasekera is an Attorney-at-Law.  He is the author of two books:  The UN’s Relentless Pursuit of Sri Lanka (2013), and, The UN’s Subversion of International Law:  The Sri Lanka Story (2015) 

[1]‘U.S. Aid to Sri Lanka declined since 2005, now halted,’ Asian Tribune, 24 July 2011

[2] Statement of Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., U. S. Navy Commander, U.S. Pacific Command, on U.S. Pacific Command posture, 24 February 2016, www.docs.gov. It should be noted that in the said report Sri Lanka is classified as a ‘Partner’ of the U.S., to my knowledge the first time that has been done by US pacific Command.

[3] It appears that elements of the apparatus to maintain control over Sri Lanka has already been put in place, with for instance the launching of the ‘US-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue’ an annual powwow for key foreign ministry officals and their Washington counterparts.  (The relevant question is, ‘Partnership’ for what?)  In my view, forums such as this are ideal settings for the Americans to convey the necessary instructions to the Sri Lankans.  According to the newspapers, the inaugural session of this ‘Dialogue’ was held on February 26, 2010.  See, ‘US to support Lanka’s Constitutional Reforms,’ Daily Mirror, 2 March 2016.  Coincidentally, the Government, within less than two weeks of the said ‘Dialogue,’ rushed to initiate the vote on the ‘Constitutional Assembly’, for instance by agreeing to the amendments suggested to the related resolution by the Joint Opposition and Sirisena’s SLFP’ers, something that had been stalling the Constitution-making process since early January.

[4] www.en.wikipedia.org

[5] Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman, The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism, South End, Boston, 1979, p. 208

[6] See ‘East Timor:  Acceptable Slaughters,’ Joe Nunes, www.mega.nu

[7] See  ‘Half-million Iraqis died in the war-New Study says,’ Dan Vergano, www.nationalgeographic.com, 16 October 2013

14 Responses to “A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY”

  1. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    COMING EVENTS ARE CASTING THEIR SHADOWS…….CHILLING.

  2. Dilrook Says:

    What Dharshan has observed is what people question in every forum.

    Quoted from the above article.

    Under the circumstances, the Joint Opposition had a duty to stall the vote until the Sinhala Buddhists could organize. At the very minimum, the Joint Opposition should have placed on record the injustice done to the Sinhala Buddhists at the August 2015 elections. But, they voted without a whimper of protest. [Unquote]

    Isn’t this the problem with the Joint Opposition always?

    Mahinda’s statement on PM’s absurd loan allegations must have been presented in parliament because the PM’s statement was in parliament. It has entered the Hansard. On the other hand, there is no verifiable record as the Hansard of Mahinda’s statement. That questions his courage as well as truthfulness. Deliberately making a false statement with facts and figures in parliament is an offence which can be traced back. However, there is no such accountability in making public media statements. The bottomline is the Hansard will have a permanant record of Mahinda’s wrongs (as stated by Ranil in parliament) but it will not have a denial.

    It reminds of the budget debate and voting. Mahinda blasted the budget outside the parliament (with no impact) but didn’t vote against it! The fate of the new party is the same. It exists only in the media.

    Yet another example is the May 2009 Joint Statement with Ban Ki Moon where he promised 13A full implementation but denied making any such statement to local media.

    People will not trust the Joint Opposition (to the extent of electing them to rule the country) if they keep fooling them with one statement to the gallery and contradictory conduct in parliament. Of course there will be harassment, punishment and even imprisonment for MPs who don’t follow the dictates of the president and the PM, but that is the least the joint opposition can do for the people.

    A public rally is organised for today to protest against the rampaging government. We can count how many MPs will attend. The number of MPs in attendence divided by 174 gives a fairly accurate indication of the joint opposition’s electoral power.

  3. Hiranthe Says:

    SL is becoming a Joker state!!

    It is pity to see how things are going wrong one after the other..

  4. Dham Says:

    If MR want to save the country NOW, he can do it very easily. But that possibly involves too much risk to him, his family, his wealth, his life style. That way is to become a another Bandranayake and more. “More” means he unfortunately has to be honest to public first for all SInhalaya to unite under him. Imagine the power of that !.

    What is happening now is two selfish people fighting each other to grab hold of power of SLFP , to hell with the country.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Lankans will have to ask themselves why it is that MR has been forced to act in the most awkward way re making statements – not in Parliament but in public only.

    MR is caught in the most peculiar situtation here : His govt & the Armed Forces were heroic after the war with the LTTE, yet today the Jnt Opposition (lead by MR) is made out to be ‘letting down the country’. The determined efforts of Yahap (CBK/RW) Tamil leaders, Tamil Diaspora, India, some in the west and Tamil groups, to tear down the achievements of the MR govt and the Armed Forces have gone on since 2009 and intensely since 8th Jan 2015, and continues to date.

    Bu the Law was/is already “an Ass” in Lanka, way before the MR govt came into power. We think that MR is flowing with the ‘asinine’ way of governance in Lanka – that way some peculiar form of justice may prevail for the MR Govt. and the Armed Forces of Lanka re the Final War with the LTTE, and the FALSE War Crimes charge that he knew would come to a head. The Final War and the FALSE War Crimes charges are the deciding points here. All other MR’s actions today pale into insignificance. The FALSE War Crimes charges must be seen as FALSE. Todays journalists have to see MR actions in everything else in relation to the FALSE War Crimes charges – questioning and arresting oF MR’s family members by a new unit called the FCID – we call it the FALSE (F)CID.

    Why not also question FM Fonseka becoming part of the Yahap ? We were under the impression that FMs cannot join active politics.

    One wonders just how much ‘infiltration’ has gone on into the legal system of Lanka, through cheated Law exams etc. Lanka seems beyond repair, re the fouled up legal system. Take the Shirani Bandaranayake case – she had ten bank accounts circulating large sums of money from abroad. The banks reported the anomalies to the GoSL. Also, as CJ, she took up her husbands case re the pilfered EPF of teapluckers. This case of inquiry was carried out per the law of the land, through Parliament, yet dismissed later by Yahap.

    Ex-Colonists have ruled Lanka for a long time, after so called Independence in 1948. Rule Britannia – this time with Indo/Brits.

    Rolling the heads of innocents (under FALSE War Crimes & Non Activity of MR) appears to be the main aim here, whilst saving those of monetary criminals in high places.

    To us watching the events, it appears that political blackmail is taking place re the Jnt Opposition – MR govt and the Armed Forces will be ‘set free’ if they dance to certain tunes of RW Govt – a subtle dance macabre, of which MR is well aware. The Yahap, through RW/CBK led Yahap, is letting down our War Heroes. Wearing down the quarry, in this case, MR & the Armed Forces, is taking place – subtle methods are being used here.

    Maybe MR should not have led the Jnt Opposition – then he would not have been politcally blackmailed. But who else was there to take that post ? No one has the courage to do it with RW/CBK in power. The country is cowering in fear.

    Whither Justice in Lanka for MR & the Armed Forces ? Wake up, Lankans for Justice & Truth !! Put out the Truth of matters re possible Political Blackmail.

    Today, the right thinking people of Lanka seem confused and afraid. They have good reason to feel so.

  6. Fran Diaz Says:

    Quote :

    “O what a tangled web they weave
    When first they stoop to deceive, to deceive”

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Who or what else is stopping effective Jnt Opposition led by MR ?

    It appears that CBK is the main factor opposing MR in SLFP politics, and thus being an effective Jnt Opposition leader. Why ?

    *. Because she is still in pain/revenge mode re her father’s death & husband’s death. She is not a healed person. She has re-entered Lanka politics at this crucial stage still as a damaged person. We are sad and sorry for her plight. We wish she would accept our apologies for her sad losses at the hands of disturbed Sinhala assassins who themselves were caught and victims in rough politics of post Colonial/Cold War times.

    We think that she is still in hurt/revenge mode at her shocking losses in her family. She is taking out her pain/revenge against the Sinhala people via MR – destroying the country by taking out effective leadership of the Jnt Opposition leader, MR.

    However much in pain, I would have thought that the death of over a thousand soldiers through dehyrdration at Elephant Pass when the LTTE cut off their water supply, and the mess up with the LTTE with the Norway Peacekeeping efforts, might have been ‘compensation paid’ for her personal losses.

    However much in pain, CBK has come back to Lanka because of the MR Govt and the Armed Forces removing the LTTE. The LTTE nearly killed her before in a suicide bombing attempt. The LTTE was grown by INDIA. She must remember that before she sells off Lanka to INDIA.

    *. She also seems to want to be the sole leader of the SLFP. Legally speaking, what is MR’s position re role of Leader of the Jnt Opposition if he leaves the SLFP and forms a new Party ?

    Who will be opposing RW/CBK bad policies with the Yahap ECTA, Tunnel to Tamil Nadu, 5,000 acres on 99 yr leases to foreigners, plus all sorts of goodies for stake holders re division of Lanka into Jaffna (Tamil Nadu) Nadu, Catholic Nadu, Islam Nadu, British-Nadu, etc.

    CBK must think of all this before the CBK/RW sell out of Lanka to Indo/Brits.

    She must allow an effective Jnt Opposition leadership via MR at this time and set aside her personal animosities.

  8. Dham Says:

    Susantha,
    I too don’t understand the psychic basis of Fran to fabricate such a sentence to analyse thinking process one of our ex-presidents, no matter how evil she could be.
    In fact she did not take revenge from anyone when the was the President.

    But Fran thinks she purposely arrange dear soldiers to be killed.

    We all know Premadasa supplied arms to LTTE.( no secret)
    There are a lot of credible alegations even against MR that he paid LTTE to win. Also Fonseka recently said money he paid to LTTE through Basil was used to buy boats which definitely could have been used to kill out dear children.
    These are alegations. but there is no allegation of accusing CBK purposely arranged to kill soldiers.

    I don’t know who really has the metal issues here.

    When late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew visited Woodrigde Hospital ( a mental hospital in Singapore) a well dressed , mostly cured patient came to greet him and later asked who he is. LKY said I am the PM Lee. Then the man said ” It alright Sir, I too used to think this way when I came here first. You will be alright “.

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    Dham thinks CBK arranged for soldiers to be purposely killed. CBK did no such thing. CBK as President & Commander in Chief was INEPT and FAILED to save the soldiers who were caught up in the Elephant Pass water cut by the LTTE. If she is after revenge for the death of her father & husband, then enough ‘revenge’ has been extracted. It does not need a rocket scientist to figure out such hidden feelings.

    There is no other way to explain her type of political activity.

    We all know that Pres Premadasa supplied arms to the LTTE. No news there.

    CBK’s present attitudes shows that she is not a healed person.

    I can see that I have touched a raw nerve in some folks !

  10. Dham Says:

    Fran,
    Yes. Such corrupt thoughts have touched our human nerves.

    “It does not need a rocket scientist to figure out such hidden feelings”

    Even the “rocket scientist” cannot even imaginer such thoughts. Only you can. If you read your earlier statement, you will only see what you imagined “she thought”. So you fabricated the whole story on your imagination.

    “CBK’s present attitudes shows that she is not a healed person. ” – again your expert opinion. But even a “not healed person” will never ever satisfy herself by realising soldiers got killed by her negligence. Negligence is negligence there is no intent. So you cannot be gaining anything.

  11. nilwala Says:

    Fran has asked some very pertinent questions and we should try to look for the answers instead of accusing him/her o imagined thoughts and feelings. After all, the reality is that the war could have been stopped much earlier by the Presidents who preceded MR, but this was not accomplished, and the big question is WHY? WHO ADVISED THEM TO GO THE APPEASEMENT ROUTE WHEN NOTHING OF THE SORT HAD BEEN RECOMMENDED REGARDING THE JVP?

    THERE IS CERTAINLY MORE TO IT THAN MEETS THE EYE AS TO WHY THIS WAS SO, AND FRAN IS RIGHT IN ASKING THE QUESTIONS AND LOOKING FOR POSSIBLE ANSWERS.

    After all, the slogan of the “unwinnable war” had been raised at every recurring Eelam war cycle, but it was only MR who had the courage as Pres. & Commander in Chief to have the Eelam war proceed into victory through the superb strategizing and commitment of the SL. Defense Forces.
    No one can take that away that Truth, no matter how and what they try.

  12. Dham Says:

    Nilwala,
    What you say is absolutely right.

    But don’t think too much, because if you try to find answers, you will become another Dham.
    Rather than people going to rallies to show support and listen how good if people were allowed to talk and they listened ? Those questions can be asked and some have asked. You will be shocked to hear the answers.
    I want someone who is prepared to burn LLRC report publically. You will see Sinhalaya uniting in one voice then. Untile then,

    …. let us hope. In the meantime we can keep on bashing Maru, Sira, Ponil, Polpot ,Ponseka , CBK Chamipka or whoever crosses over tomorrow.

  13. Fran Diaz Says:

    Nilwala is correct. The Question why the LTTE was allowed to carry on for so long is the bottom line. And also why the JVP was annihilated twice without any Talks with them, leading to the wide divisions and mistrust between the Sinhala people felt to this day. Cannot help but feel that it is the old ‘divide & rule’ all over again !

    The other matter is CBK’s attitude re Sinhala people, proving her lack of Patriotism which affects the majority community adversely. Why is she ‘Unpatriotic’ is the Question here.

    1. When she was President, she stopped the teaching of History in govt schools.
    2. Now she wants to introduce a new way to teach religion in schools – a mixture of all religions, we are told. How such a scheme will affect young minds, one never knows. Is this mature and balanced leadership on her part ? I presume she is attempting such a move as the person in charge of Reconciliation. Now, who appointed her to this post when the People had rejected her earlier as a politician ?
    The same with RW being appointed as the Exec PM – after appointing RW as Exec PM, Pres MS said ‘the west wanted it so’ – is Lanka a neo-Colonised country again ? Endless troubles came with molly coddling the LTTE, after the JVP was flattened.

    Yes, Questions we must ask. Or ‘asinine’ governance will continue without Pemanent Solutions found to the so called social problems that beset Lanka for such a long time. It seems like an endless nightmare for those long for Peace.

    An Island editorial some weeks ago stated that ‘Sri Lanka is like a woman who has to open her door to every thug passing by …..’ (may not be exact words – but, how true).

    And please do not get me wrong here – i bear no hatred toward CBK. When she was President, I would actually pray for her safety. Now, I am Questioning her sense of balance in what she does. The objective here is the quest for Peace in Lanka.

    The long war in Lanka has damaged many people. Lanka’s able leaders from the UNP and some able Tamil moderate leaders too have been eliminated by the LTTE, & the JVP assassinated Vijaya Kumaratunge, with a so called monk assassinating SWRD. Peaceful political settlements must come to an Unidivided Lanka.

  14. Fran Diaz Says:

    read as : Undivided Lanka.

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